Time for Wayne to stop singing to Clive’s tune
Australian political commentary seems to have taken a musical detour in the past few months. From Craig Emerson’s ‘Whyalla wipe out’ Skyhooks rendition to Wayne Swan using the lyricism of Bruce Springsteen in his war with Clive Palmer, Australian politicians are rocking musical metaphors.
Wayne Swan has used Springsteen’s Badlands ballad in his recent tit for tat warfare with Clive Palmer. Swan spoke at the 2012 Button Lecture telling his audience how ‘The Boss” inspires him.
“‘Poor man want to be rich, rich man want to be king, and a king ain’t satisfied till he rules everything’. Now when I listened to that song again recently it struck me that Springsteen was talking expressly about a few people I’ve written about lately.” said Swan.
The ears of Gina Rinehart, Andrew Forrest and Clive Palmer must be burning.
Clive Palmer in true Australian fashion has criticised Swan’s foreign music taste. “I rely on Redgum. Unlike the Treasurer, I don’t go to the United States for inspiration.”
You wouldn’t have thought it but Joe Hockey prefers the soft rock sounds of Nickelback. Chris Evans is a self confessed Bob Dylan man and Christopher Pyne like Palmer prefers the home made sounds of ACDC.
If Swan has not learnt from his colleague Craig Emerson’s mistakes it’s that using music as political ammunition can lead to a wipeout.
The Twitter war between Clive Palmer and Wayne Swan has been a childish and embarrassing pursuit for both parties. Below is a sample of the ‘intellectual’ debate both men have been waging.
Prof Clive Palmer @CliveFPalmer
Unpatriotic of @SwannyDPM to be quoting songs from a millionaire US rock star in his speech. I prefer Oz groups like Redgum and The Seekers.
Prof Clive Palmer @CliveFPalmer
It’s just sad that @SwannyDPM will be out there again tonight peddling the politics of envy. We all have a right to express a point of view.
Wayne Swan @SwannyDPM
Disappointing for Coolum community that @CliveFPalmer is sacking staff – not what community needs.
Wayne Swan @SwannyDPM
@CliveFPalmer too scared to run against me - looks like @TonyAbbottMHR will have another big chicken chasing him around the country
Before Swan entered into the mud slinging match with Palmer he was a measured, well spoken and smooth politician, now Palmer has managed to bring Swan down to his level. As a miner Palmer operates below the earth’s surface. It seems Swan has fallen a long way.
Clive Palmer is no stranger to controversy, spin and hype. If he is not spreading titanic sized lies he is having his Gold Coast United F.C license revoked for inappropriate behaviour.
The latest rumour circulating is that Palmer wants to turn his Coolum Resort and Spa into a Jurassic park style resort complete with dinosaurs.
According to a source in Palmer’s inner circle, he has been in talks with Scottish based scientists who cloned the infamous Dolly the sheep at the Roslin Institute in 1996. If the Jurassic Park movies are anything to go by cloning dinosaur DNA always ends badly.
Palmer has since denied the claims.
Palmer has a long history of blowing hot air. During the QLD State Election he claimed the CIA was in cahoots with green groups to undermine the Australian coal industry. Palmer later revealed he had no regrets about lying as it served to get Campbell Newman into the top job.
“It took a great lot of attention off some of the negative aspects of the election. That was a very good thing,” Palmer explained once Newman was Premier.
Lying is always a very bad thing especially when it comes to politics. Instead of turning their backs on Palmer and scolding him for lying, the media have only embraced him with open arms promising him headlines whenever he opens his mouth.
Wayne Swan and the rest of the Australian media should stop engaging with Palmer. The Twitter war between Swan and Palmer is childish and should not exist between grown men. In a recent retort to Swan’s use of Springsteen’s Badlands, Palmer demands he should not be judged on the size of his bank account.
“I guess the big thing is we shouldn’t judge people by how much money they have or whether they are rich or poor.” How right you are Clive! We should judge people on the value of their words instead. If integrity and honesty were in currency Palmer would be broke.
Clive Palmer is a man fighting to remain relevant and only serving to prove himself redundant, Wayne Swan should be wise not to suffer the same curse.
The saying ‘where there’s smoke there’s fire’ applies to Palmer and one way to put out a fire is to starve it of oxygen. Wayne Swan should enter into a war of ignorance, I’m sure he will find it so much more satisfying.
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